Michigan seeks ban on direct shipment

Michigan consumers no longer will be allowed to have wine purchases shipped directly to them by retailers in any state if new legislation is passed by both houses of the state legislature..

The legislation, passed 97 to 9 by the House on Thursday and which now goes before the Senate, is in response to a federal court decision that opening up Michigan’s market to retailers from all over the country.

The legislation is supported by Michigan's Liquor Control Commission and by the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. Both bodies have said they want to control access to alcohol.

[See related wine legislation stories here, here and here.]

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